Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) As Predictors of Performance on Work-Based Placements
- Publisher: Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), London Metropolitan University
In view of its social justice policy, London Metropolitan University (LMU) actively encourages applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, therefore attracting a high percentage of mature students, many of whom have been out of formal education for several years or who are returning to education via science access courses. The aim of introducing OSCEs prior to the second of 3 placements was to assess the students’ communication skills, as this had been identified as an area of weakness by the practice educators. OSCEs were introduced at LMU in the spring of 2007 for all undergraduate and postgraduate students due to undertake placement B later in that academic year. Students who failed the OSCE would be counselled on how to improve their communication skills prior to attempting their placements.\ud \ud The aim of this study was to examine the hypothesis that OSCEs are a reliable predictor of performance on placement.
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